Published April 3, 2010
Tags: Anna Boden, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, David Gordon Green, Judd Apatow, M. Night Shyamalan, Olivier Assayas, Paul Greengrass, Paul Thomas Anderson, Pixar, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Altman, Ryan Fleck, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze, Steven Soderbergh, Wong Kar Wei, Woody Allen
Wong Kar Wei
I said this about “My Blueberry Nights” (2007), and it remains true: Wong Kar Wei often makes movies that are better than movies better than his. His sometimes kinetic, sometimes ethereal flicks are more often visual poetry than bricks-and-mortar narrative, but Wong and his longtime partner, insane Aussie cinematographer Christopher Doyle, often construct the most arresting and moving images in movies today.
BEST FILM OF THE DECADE: “In the Mood for Love” (2000). Watch it. Hate it the first time you see it. Tell people Wong Kar Wei’s overrated. Watch it again. Realize it’s a masterpiece. Tell people it’s a masterpiece. Backtrack when they point out that you found it “overrated” not even two months ago. Tell them you were in a “different place” then. Tell everyone you told you hated it earlier that “you really need to see it twice to, you know, really get it.” Prepare for your friends to like you less.
BIGGEST MISCUE: “My Blueberry Nights” (2007)
GO-TO ACTOR: Tony Leung
FIRST PROJECT: The screenplay “Choi wan kuk” (1982), which translates to “Rainbow Cloud Song.” … It probably sucks.
UP NEXT? “The Grand Master” (2010), starring Tony Leung. A martial arts movie, I think. Continue reading ’2000-2009: Favorite filmmakers of the decade in no particular order’
Published August 25, 2009
Tags: Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Black Hawk Down, Charlie Kaufman, Chris Cooper, John Laroche, John Malkovich, Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage, Pulitzer Prize, Spike Jonze, Stephen Hunter, Susan Orlean, The Baltimore Sun, The New Yorker, The Orchid Thief, The Washington Post, Wayne's World
Part of a continuous series of classic film reviews from some of the most eloquent, hilarious film critics from yesterday and today.
I started this “classic reviews” collection to highlight “classic reviews.”
Now, I’m thinking I started it just so I could post Stephen Hunter reviews to Cribbster. Continue reading ‘CLASSIC REVIEW: ‘Adaptation’’
One of Cribbster’s first posts was about the first screen shots from Spike Jonze’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” one of the few children’s book adaptations I’ve ever eagerly anticipated. The crazy-ass images in the book always stuck with me, and I’m sure it’s still somewhere to be found at good, ‘ol 8410 Woodside Court (don’t murder my mother who still resides there). Continue reading ‘TRAILER REVIEW: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ or Spike Jonze made monsters people’
Published February 16, 2009
Tags: David Fincher, Friday the 13th, Jason, Liz Lemon, Marcus Nispel, Michael Bay, Michel Gondry, Oldboy, Pathfinder, Rotten Tomatoes, Spike Jonze
“Friday the 13th” tore through a field of cluttered, junky movies this week and killed it to the tune of $42.3 million, a ridiculous opening for a horror remake.
The man who made the teaser is among those responsible for this. Continue reading ‘People just want to see people kill people’
I’ve been waiting for this movie for nigh a… two decades, and Spike Jonze just released a big photo and some screen shots he tossed on some skateboards he’s making to promote the movie. The monsters look perfect: disturbing yet, oddly, cuddly and harmless. And they save the movie from the sort of terrible studio dilution that kills film adaptations of the most ambitious, artistically inclined children’s literature, Harry Potter shit notwithistanding. I’m told those are pretty good.